Goldsmiths’ Company hires new head for 2021 fair

Matthew Burgess will take on the role, covering for Harriet Scott who is on maternity leave

The Goldsmiths’ Company has appointed Matthew Burgess to be the new head of its 2021 fair, covering for Harriet Scott who is on maternity leave.

Burgess, a digital engagement and arts professional, has previously worked with leading Mayfair galleries, artists and museums in the UK, as well as around the world.

His appointment follows on from the first ever digital Goldsmiths’ Fair in September 2020, which showcased jewellery designers and contemporary silversmiths during the pandemic.

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Burgess said: “My aim is to put on an authentic fair at Goldsmiths’ Hall and on our new digital platform that reflects and builds on the long-standing quality that visitors and exhibitors have come to expect from the event, whilst continuing to develop digitally and engage new audiences: supporting fine jewellers and contemporary silversmiths for years to come.”

The 2020 Fair ran from 24 September to 6 October, and this year’s event is set to run through similar dates in autumn.

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